Once named France’s Chef of the Year, Alexandre Couillon was a seafood-loving chef who opened a small restaurant on an island off the coast of Western France in 1999. He was a mere 22.

That restaurant went on to earn Couillon two Michelin stars.

Couillon and his wife set up their sea-view La Marine restaurant after learning the art of haute cuisine under Chefs Michel Guerard and Thierry Marx. Before he turned 30, Michelin gave him one star, and before he turned 40, his second. The key to his delicious dishes? Fresh fish sourced just outside his door.